Author(s): Elif KORAP ÖZEL

The most widespread practice in participatory journalism by Turkish national newspapers today is undoubtedly readers’ comments, and many national newspapers give them space on their websites. Readers’ comments undeniably make a contribution to citizen participation, but if they are inadequately monitored, they can result in the publication of uncontrolled unethical speech. In this study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve journalists employed by the newspapers Hürriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Habertürk and Sözcü, and the ethical problems encountered in readers’ comments were determined. The findings of the study showed that these problems could be grouped into seven main categories. According to the journalists, the most important ethical problems seen in readers’ comments were hate speech, cyber bullying and terrorism propaganda, while sharing advertising content, violations of privacy, digital surveillance and censorship of readers’ comments also emerged as other ethical problems. The journalists thought that there was a direct relationship between news discipline and the rate of ethical violations in readers’ comments. Most ethical violations in readers’ comments were made on political, page three and sports news.


You can send your paper at Online Submission System

  • The Journal of International Social Research / Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi ISSN: 1307-9581, an international, peer-reviewed, on the web publication, from 2007 will be issued least four times annualy.
  • Our journal is an independent academic publication based on research in social sciences, contributing to its field and trying to publish scientific articles that will bring innovation to the original and social sciences.
  • The journal has got an international editorial board and referee board, mainly embodied from the each individually professional on the social research fields.
  • Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi / The Journal of International Social Research became a member of Cross Reff since 2014 and started to assign DOI numbers to the articles. image
Google Scholar citation report
Citations : 7760

The Journal of International Social Research received 7760 citations as per Google Scholar report

The Journal of International Social Research peer review process verified by publons
Get the App